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107 East Burnside Ave
Bronx, NY 10453 (347) 590-2874
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2013 Contact: Karen Cooper (O. 347-590-2874 ext. 209 C. 917-557-6928 or email@example.com)
CITY COUNCIL PREPARES TO OVERRIDE THE MAYOR’S VETO OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT
NEW YORK — There have been misconceptions about the Community Safety Act (CSA) leading to its veto. However, the truth of the matter is that the Bias-based Profiling bill only strengthens the existing City’s ban on discriminatory profiling, while the Independent Oversight bill clearly states that recommendations can be made, but the Inspector General has no authority to order or implement any changes. Members of the City Council sponsoring the bills have listened to the public concerns and have taken very seriously the need to further improve the effectiveness of the NYPD and protect civil rights. This thoughtful consideration gave rise to the CSA and brought us to this point, so Council Members will continue working to see both bills taking effect. "The veto of the Community Safety Act by the Mayor is a slap in the face to the thousands of New Yorkers that made their voice heard regarding the bias profiling. The public should not be misled by the myths surrounding the Community Safety Act which only intend is to end discriminatory policing and bring real accountability to the NYPD. Communities across the city deserve to see a change in NYPD policies and practices, therefore the Council will move forward to override the veto,” said Council Member Fernando Cabrera.
Councilman Fernando Cabrera has served the 14th Council District of the Bronx since January 2010. ###